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Williams not only option for future - Kubica

  • Published on 19 Sep 2018 12:55
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Robert Kubica says he is not fixated on Williams as his only option for returning full-time to the F1 grid. Currently the British team's reserve driver, the Pole has been named by Williams as the most likely replacement if Lance Stroll switches to Force India this year.

But Kubica says he is more focused on the future: "From my perspective, nothing much changes," he told Sokolim Okiem. "I think the coming days or weeks are important as I decide what to do next year. I may be wrong, but I think Williams has different priorities than I do. I do not know why people only associate me with this team."

Indeed, Dr Helmut Marko recently said Kubica could be an option for Toro Rosso: "It's news to me," Kubica, 33, told Turun Sanomat. "I have not heard from Dr Marko, so I'm really not aware of such a possibility. But he knows where to find me if he wants to come and talk."

Kubica admitted, however, that there are "fewer and fewer places" available elsewhere. He said he expects to know his fate before the end of the season: "Today I am still bound by the deal with Williams, but we will see what happens," he said. "From their perspective they can take forever, but I will not be here automatically.

"My approach is the same as it was three months ago, three weeks ago, three days ago. If one of Williams' seats is vacant, I will be ready. Whether this happens or not is not up to me."

Kubica said he is therefore not ruling out looking beyond the F1 paddock: "Yes, I want to understand what will give me the most satisfaction," he said. "I want to find a goal that will be the most satisfying, not necessarily in the short term but also the long run."

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  • But its unfortunately one of few realistic options for you Kubica.

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    • Sep 19 2018 - 20:40
    • Savio

      Posts: 145

      Unfortunately in other side, Ericsson probably will stay in F1...

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      • Sep 20 2018 - 09:56
  • reg

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    I think he needs to do an Indycar year, prove himself (or not) if he wants to even be seriously considered, but with so much talent about and it seems man many youngsters coming through, he stands no chance, age apart from his injuries mitigate against him. Its a great shame as he was and possibly still is hugely talented, but time has passed him by!

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    • Sep 20 2018 - 08:59
    • boudy

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      @REG I agree. It's hard enough for the current crop of drivers and time has moved on. Proving himself in another series would be great. For me formula E would be the place for him, Indycar might be too physical.

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      • Sep 20 2018 - 10:37
  • headder

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    @BOUDY
    Too physical? Remember that he won WRC2 title after an accident. WRC is still more physical demanding than F1/INDY.

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    • Sep 21 2018 - 14:14

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